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U of M Names Dr. Lin Zhan New Dean of Loewenberg School of Nursing University News
For release: June 7, 2010

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Dr. Lin Zhan
Dr. Lin Zhan
Dr. Lin Zhan has been named dean of the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis. She will begin her duties on August 1. 

Zhan comes to the U of M from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she was dean and professor.  “I’m delighted and honored to be named dean of the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis,” she said.  “I look forward to working collaboratively with the outstanding and gifted nursing faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”

Dr. Ralph Faudree, U of M provost, said Zhan has an impressive and proven track record as an accomplished educator, leader and researcher.  “We are delighted that she will be joining our faculty to lead our nursing school to even higher levels of excellence,” he said.

Dr. Zhan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor in the nursing profession. Her research focuses on quality of life of older adults and ethnic minorities, health promotion for women and ethnic minorities, and diversity in higher education. She has published more than 90 articles and several books, including Asian and Asian American Voices, winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the year Award for outstanding professional development, and Asian Americans: Vulnerable Populations, Model Interventions, and Clarifying Agendas, which received a commendation by Dr. Joyce C. Clifford, president and CEO of the Institute of Nursing HealthCare Leadership.  Zhan’s 2009 book, Asian Americans Voices: Engaging, Empowering, Enabling has been used in a number of disciplines.

Dr. Zhan is a visiting honorary professor at ten Chinese Universities, including Sichuan University, Bei Hua University, Changzhou School of Allied Health, and Guangzhou Medical University. She is also a senior consultant for Lu Hua Qao Hospital in Guangzhou for the advancement of knowledge-based practice and a consultant for Partner Harvard Medical International’s effort to establish the first College of Nursing and Midwifery and Institute of Health Sciences in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Zhan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from West China University and Boston University and a doctoral degree from the Boston College School of Nursing.

U of M’s nursing school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing.  The School is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has a 97% NCLEX licensure exam passage rate.  More information about the Loewenberg School of Nursing is available by phone at 901-678-2020 or online at
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